Investigators Examine Collapsed Strip Club, Buildings

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    Investigators are on the scene where three buildings collapsed Friday afternoon in northwest D.C.

    Investigators are on the scene where three buildings collapsed Friday afternoon in northwest D.C.

    The walls inside a strip club, The Cloakroom, and two nearby buildings began falling as people fled from the structures. Some inside the club were forced to jump out of second-story windows.

    "[We were] just dancing, doing our routine ... and the wall collapsed in on the kitchen and the bathroom. Some of the girls were shaken up," Olivia, a dancer at The Cloakroom, told News4.

    No serious injuries were reported, though one person was transported to a local hospital.

    News4’s Derrick Ward said officials were examining the building to determine if they could be repaired or had to be torn down. He said the buildings were built in the late 1800s.

    Several Buildings, Including Strip Club, Collapse in NW DC

    [DC] Several Buildings, Including Strip Club, Collapse in NW DC
    A strip club and two other buildings collapsed in northwest D.C. Friday afternoon, sending patrons and dancers into the streets. News4's Darcy Spencer reports on the latest.

    According to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), construction work was being done in the basement of The Cloakroom when the first collapse happened.

    Workers on Bobcats were doing foundation work, and officials tell News4 buildings should be vacant when that type of work is being conducted. DCRA is now investigating whether the work being conducted Friday was properly permitted.